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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made

Helen tells Blalock about a heretofore untreatable condition called blue baby disease, which is caused by some kind of heart blockage. While Helen is describing the condition to Blalock, Viv brings the champagne and mumbles something medical that clearly causes her to notice him. Helen tells Blalock that she wants him to attempt a surgical solution to blue baby disease, and the assorted suck-ups and kiss-asses all pooh-pooh the idea, noting that nobody has ever operated on the heart. As you would expect, Helen puts them in their place. Blalock is intrigued by the problem, and starts mumbling about possible solutions. Viv is still hovering, and starts a little dialogue with Blalock about things like ventricular fibrillation, all while picking up dishes and being a waiter. The assembled doctors all stare at him, and Helen exclaims, "Who on this God's earth are you?" On that odd note, the scene ends.

Viv gets off a bus at night and walks into an apartment building, where Clara is just putting a baby down to bed. Oh lord, the mumbling disease has taken Gabrielle Union -- Clara's upset about something, but I'm damned if I know what it is. Ah, apparently it involves someone "yelling his head off while the girls are trying to sleep." Well, that would make anyone cranky. Clara is apparently extra-cranky, however, because she wants to go back to Nashville, even though they've only been in Baltimore a week. She's especially concerned about money, and notes that Blalock had Viv serving drinks at his party just to make ends meet. Wait a minute. That party was being held to welcome Blalock to Johns Hopkins, and he had to hire the waiters? Those cheap bastards. And now we get a bit more exposition, and even some honest to God character development. Viv tells Clara that he feels indebted to Blalock, because when Viv was just a janitor, Blalock recognized his talents and gave him a chance. Blalock also apparently turned down an earlier job because the employer would not also hire Viv. Now that Viv has a family, he has given up his own dream of going to medical school, but he clearly values the chance to do medically important work. (I know I'm picking on everybody, but Mos Def has been giving a very nice, understated performance, and that scene was especially nice.)

Blalock and Viv walk into the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We know that's what it is, because the director has thoughtfully panned over to a sign saying so as they walk past it. As they walk in, Blalock mumbles on about the dead white men depicted in various portraits. As the two of them walk through the atrium, past a massive statue of Jesus, this Aryan-Nation type in a guard's uniform stops Viv. Apparently, workers are required to use the rear entrance. Blalock makes a feeble effort to intervene, but quickly gives up in the face of the guard's insistence. Blalock tells Viv to meet him in the lab. By the way? Jesus is looking hot. Nice pecs, Lord!

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Something The Lord Made

by LTG June 7, 2004
Something The Lord Made Helen tells Blalock about a heretofore untreatable condition called blue baby disease, which is caused by some kind of heart blockage. While Helen is describing the condition to Blalock, Viv brings the champagne and mumbles something medical that clearly causes her to notice him. Helen tells Blalock that she wants him to attempt a surgical solution to blue baby disease, and the assorted suck-ups and kiss-asses all pooh-pooh the idea, noting that nobody has ever operated on the heart. As you would expect, Helen puts them in their place. Blalock is intrigued by the problem, and starts mumbling about possible solutions. Viv is still hovering, and starts a little dialogue with Blalock about things like ventricular fibrillation, all while picking up dishes and being a waiter. The assembled doctors all stare at him, and Helen exclaims, "Who on this God's earth are you?" On that odd note, the scene ends. Viv gets off a bus at night and walks into an apartment building, where Clara is just putting a baby down to bed. Oh lord, the mumbling disease has taken Gabrielle Union -- Clara's upset about something, but I'm damned if I know what it is. Ah, apparently it involves someone "yelling his head off while the girls are trying to sleep." Well, that would make anyone cranky. Clara is apparently extra-cranky, however, because she wants to go back to Nashville, even though they've only been in Baltimore a week. She's especially concerned about money, and notes that Blalock had Viv serving drinks at his party just to make ends meet. Wait a minute. That party was being held to welcome Blalock to Johns Hopkins, and he had to hire the waiters? Those cheap bastards. And now we get a bit more exposition, and even some honest to God character development. Viv tells Clara that he feels indebted to Blalock, because when Viv was just a janitor, Blalock recognized his talents and gave him a chance. Blalock also apparently turned down an earlier job because the employer would not also hire Viv. Now that Viv has a family, he has given up his own dream of going to medical school, but he clearly values the chance to do medically important work. (I know I'm picking on everybody, but Mos Def has been giving a very nice, understated performance, and that scene was especially nice.) Blalock and Viv walk into the Johns Hopkins Hospital. We know that's what it is, because the director has thoughtfully panned over to a sign saying so as they walk past it. As they walk in, Blalock mumbles on about the dead white men depicted in various portraits. As the two of them walk through the atrium, past a massive statue of Jesus, this Aryan-Nation type in a guard's uniform stops Viv. Apparently, workers are required to use the rear entrance. Blalock makes a feeble effort to intervene, but quickly gives up in the face of the guard's insistence. Blalock tells Viv to meet him in the lab. By the way? Jesus is looking hot. Nice pecs, Lord!

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